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U.S. Navy History and Week in Review
10 events you may have missed this week in the Navy
By Navy News Service - August 1, 2014
Secretary of the Navy Visits Singapore during CARAT 2014 — On July 30, Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) Ray Mabus addressed Sailors aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers USS Wayne E. Meyer (DDG 108) and USS Halsey (DDG 97), as well as staff from Commander Task Force 73 (CTF 73) and Destroyer Squadron 7 (DESRON 7) in Singapore. The Sailors are there to participate in shore-based and at-sea training events as part of the 20th annual exercise Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) with the Republic of Singapore Navy at Changi Naval Base.

USNS Mercy: Hospital at Sea — During Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) Exercise 2014, hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19)’s crew is helping to train other nations with best practices for Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief efforts.

NPASE Sailors Participate in COMREL — A team of Sailors and Marines from Navy Public Affairs Support Element (NPASE) East took part in a community relations project (COMREL) with Norfolk's ForKids charity. The July 30 event saw the team landscaping grounds and cleaning up a local housing project.

7th Fleet Commander Kicks Off 20th CARAT Singapore — An opening ceremony was held at Changi Naval Base on July 29 to mark the beginning of the 20th annual exercise Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) Singapore. Remarks were given by Vice Adm. Robert Thomas, commander, U.S. 7th Fleet, who spoke to an audience of hundreds of U.S. Navy Sailors and members of the Republic of Singapore navy.

Naval Base Guam Dive Locker Provides Recompression Treatment for Community — Naval Base Guam’s dive chamber is the only one in the region that serves both military and civilian personnel in cases of decompression sickness. The condition, also known as the bends, can sometimes be fatal.

US Navy, JMSDF VBSS Teams Build Unity Aboard McCain during Malabar 2014 — On July 27, USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) provided the setting for a compliant boarding exercise where visit, board, search and seizure (VBSS) teams from U.S. Navy and Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) participated as part of the Malabar 2014 exercise.

Mercy Holds Mass Casualty Drill During RIMPAC's Sea Phase — During the at-sea phase of Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) Exercise 2014, hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) participated in a mass casualty drill. The July 27 drill emulated an oil platform explosion and gave the crew an opportunity to treat patients with mock injuries and also take part in a series of helicopter medical evacuations.

New Demonstration Electric Hybrid Bucket Truck Operating in Hawaii — On July 26, Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Hawaii Utilities Maintenance Division personnel’s new hybrid bucket truck made its debut at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam (JBPHH).

'Hollywood to the Navy' Program Shows Entertainment Industry Why Platforms Matter — From July 24-27, entertainment industry professionals toured Navy commands including Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Pacific (SSC Pacific), Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron Three, the guided-missile destroyer USS John Paul Jones (DDG 53), and the Los Angeles-class attack submarine USS Hampton (SSN 767) as part of the Navy Office of Information West's (NAVINFO West) 'Hollywood to the Navy' (HTTN) program, which works to “familiarize entertainment industry professionals with the Navy's assets, capabilities and highly-trained personnel.”

RIMPAC 2014: Inside Look — Take a closer look at the unique, multinational training opportunity that is the Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) Exercise 2014.

These stories originally published by Navy News Service during July 25-31, 2014. For more Navy news, go to: www.navy.mil/.

SINGAPORE (July 30, 2014) Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) Ray Mabus meets with Singapore Chief of Defense Force Lt. Gen. Ng Chee Meng, at the Ministry of Defense in Singapore. Mabus is in the region to meet with Sailors and Marines, and civilian and military officials, as part of a multi-nation visit to the U.S. Pacific and Africa Command areas of responsibility. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Armando Gonzales.
SINGAPORE (July 30, 2014) Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) Ray Mabus meets with Singapore Chief of Defense Force Lt. Gen. Ng Chee Meng, at the Ministry of Defense in Singapore. Mabus is in the region to meet with Sailors and Marines, and civilian and military officials, as part of a multi-nation visit to the U.S. Pacific and Africa Command areas of responsibility. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Armando Gonzales.

CHANGI NAVAL BASE, Singapore (July 29, 2014) Vice Adm. Robert Thomas, commander of U.S. 7th Fleet, addresses U.S. and Singapore military members during the opening ceremony of Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) Singapore 2014. In its 20th year, CARAT is an annual, bilateral exercise series with the U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps and the armed forces of nine partner nations including, Bangladesh, Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Timor-Leste. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Jay C. Pug.
CHANGI NAVAL BASE, Singapore (July 29, 2014) Vice Adm. Robert Thomas, commander of U.S. 7th Fleet, addresses U.S. and Singapore military members during the opening ceremony of Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) Singapore 2014. In its 20th year, CARAT is an annual, bilateral exercise series with the U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps and the armed forces of nine partner nations including, Bangladesh, Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Timor-Leste. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Jay C. Pug.

CHINA SEA (July 27, 2014) Lt. j.g. Joseph Travers directs a Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force visit, board, search and seizure team aboard the Arleigh-Burke class guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) during a compliant boarding exercise as part of Malabar 2014. Malabar 2014 is a U.S. Navy, Indian Navy and Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force naval field training exercise to improve our collective maritime relationship and increase understanding in multinational operations. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Alonzo M. Archer.
CHINA SEA (July 27, 2014) Lt. j.g. Joseph Travers directs a Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force visit, board, search and seizure team aboard the Arleigh-Burke class guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) during a compliant boarding exercise as part of Malabar 2014. Malabar 2014 is a U.S. Navy, Indian Navy and Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force naval field training exercise to improve our collective maritime relationship and increase understanding in multinational operations. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Alonzo M. Archer.

PACIFIC OCEAN (July 25, 2014) The aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) leads a close formation of 42 ships and submarines from 15 international partnership nations during Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2014. Twenty-two nations, 49 ships and six submarines, more than 200 aircraft and 20,000 personnel are participating in RIMPAC Exercise from June 26 to Aug.1, in and around the Hawaiian Islands. Twenty-two nations, 49 ships, six submarines, more than 200 aircraft and 20,000 personnel are participating in RIMPAC Exercise from June 26 to Aug.1, in and around the Hawaiian Islands. The world's largest international maritime exercise, RIMPAC provides a unique training opportunity that helps participants foster and sustain the cooperative relationships that are critical to ensuring the safety of the sea lanes and security on the world's oceans. RIMPAC 2014 is the 24th exercise in the series that began in 1971. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Dustin Kelling.
PACIFIC OCEAN (July 25, 2014) The aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) leads a close formation of 42 ships and submarines from 15 international partnership nations during Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2014. Twenty-two nations, 49 ships and six submarines, more than 200 aircraft and 20,000 personnel are participating in RIMPAC Exercise from June 26 to Aug.1, in and around the Hawaiian Islands. Twenty-two nations, 49 ships, six submarines, more than 200 aircraft and 20,000 personnel are participating in RIMPAC Exercise from June 26 to Aug.1, in and around the Hawaiian Islands. The world's largest international maritime exercise, RIMPAC provides a unique training opportunity that helps participants foster and sustain the cooperative relationships that are critical to ensuring the safety of the sea lanes and security on the world's oceans. RIMPAC 2014 is the 24th exercise in the series that began in 1971. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Dustin Kelling.

PACIFIC OCEAN (July 24, 2014) The littoral combat ship USS Independence (LCS 2) is underway during Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) Exercise 2014. Twenty-two nations, 49 ships and six submarines, more than 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel are participating in RIMPAC from June 26 to Aug. 1 in and around the Hawaiian Islands and Southern California. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Armando Gonzales.
PACIFIC OCEAN (July 24, 2014) The littoral combat ship USS Independence (LCS 2) is underway during Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) Exercise 2014. Twenty-two nations, 49 ships and six submarines, more than 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel are participating in RIMPAC from June 26 to Aug. 1 in and around the Hawaiian Islands and Southern California. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Armando Gonzales.
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